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Caption: Pope Francis greeting congregation at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum on 5 February 2023 just before presiding over Holy Mass. Credit: ACI Africa

Thanks for “bold decision” to Visit South Sudan: Catholic Archbishop to Pope Francis

Feb 6, 2023

The “bold decision” of Pope Francis to realize the ecumenical visit in South Sudan is an indication of the “solidarity with us”, Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla of the country’s Juba Archdiocese has said. 

Caption: Pope Francis greeting congregation at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum on 5 February 2023 just before presiding over Holy Mass
Credit: ACI Africa

“Africa is happy, grateful”: Catholic Bishops on Pope Francis’ Visit Despite Frail Health

Feb 6, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Africa and Madagascar have expressed their gratitude to Pope Francis for visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan despite his poor health.

Credit: ACN

Africa Had the Highest Number of Martyrs in 2022: Catholic Charity

Feb 6, 2023

The Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has paid tribute to Christians all over the world who were killed because of their faith, noting that most martyrs of 2022 came from Africa.

Pope Francis greets a young boy a Mass in Juba, South Sudan on Feb. 5, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope at Mass in South Sudan: In the Name of Jesus, Lay Down the Weapons of Hatred

Feb 5, 2023

At a Mass in South Sudan on Sunday, Pope Francis urged Christians in the war-torn African country to make “a decisive contribution to changing history” by refusing to repay evil with evil.

Archbishop Gianfranco Gallone and President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera. Credit: Courtesy Photo

President of Malawi Lauds Catholic Church’s “enormous socioeconomic impact”

Feb 5, 2023

The President of Malawi has lauded “the enormous socioeconomic impact” of the initiatives that the Catholic Church has undertaken in the Southeastern African nation.

Pope Francis meets a boy living in an IDP camp during a gathering in Juba, South Sudan, on Feb. 4, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets 2,500 Refugees in South Sudan

Feb 5, 2023

Pope Francis was greeted by cheers and ululations on Saturday as he arrived at a meeting with roughly 2,500 South Sudanese refugees.

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Credit: GCBC

Listen to Catholic Bishops, Stop Wasting Resources: Ghanaian Lawmaker to Government

Feb 5, 2023

A Ghanaian Member of Parliament (MP) has told the government to listen to the Catholic Bishops' appeal to stop wasting resources and to present an angle that is consistent with the fact that the country is “in dire straits” economically, which he says is “government-inflicted”.  

Pope Francis speaks to the media on Feb. 5, 2023, during his return flight to Rome from his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis’ In-flight Press Conference: God Accompanies People with Same-sex Attraction

Feb 5, 2023

On his return flight from South Sudan on Sunday, Pope Francis said that God loves and accompanies people with same-sex attraction. 

Today, February 5, we celebrate St. Agatha, martyr

Feb 5, 2023

Although we have evidece that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr.

Sr. Orla Treacy, a member of the Loreto Sisters who coordinated the nine-day “walking for peace” pilgrimage organized by the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek to meet Pope Francis. Credit: ACI Africa

Pope Francis’ “pure presence” in South Sudan is Beautiful: Catholic Missionary Nun

Feb 4, 2023

A Catholic missionary Nun working in South Sudan has expressed elation at meeting Pope Francis who is in the East-Central African country for an Ecumenical visit, noting that the Holy Father’s “pure presence” in Africa’s youngest nation means a lot for the country.

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe. Credit: ACI Africa

Ecumenical Visit to South Sudan “fulfillment of a great desire”: Catholic Bishop

Feb 4, 2023

The arrival of three global church leaders in South Sudan on Friday, February 3 is a “fulfillment of a great desire” people have been yearning for, a Catholic Bishop in the East-Central African nation has said.

Pope Francis celebrated Mass with around 1 million people in Kinshasa, DRC, on Feb. 1, 2023. | Vatican Media

“True encouragement”: Cardinal in DR Congo on Pope Francis’ “comforting presence”

Feb 4, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has described the presence of Pope Francis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as “comforting” and that it is “a true encouragement” for the people of God in the Central African nation “who are suffering in body and soul”.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby; Pope Francis; and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, lead a prayer service for Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian christians in Juba, Sudan. / Vatican Media

Those Who Choose Christ Choose Peace: Pope Francis at Ecumenical Prayer Service in S.Sudan

Feb 4, 2023

About 50,000 people attended the ecumenical prayer service.

Sr. Caroline Mbonu. Credit: Global Sisters Report

Foreign Values, “Temptations of this world” Threats to Consecrated Life in Africa: Nun

Feb 4, 2023

Following lifestyles that are foreign to Africa and “temptations of this world” are among aspects that threaten the future of Consecrated Life on the continent, a Catholic Nun in Nigeria has told ACI Africa in an interview. 

Pope Francis met with bishops, priests, and religious in St. Theresa Cathedral in Juba, South Sudan, on Feb. 4, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Holds Moment of Silence for Slain Priests and Religious in South Sudan

Feb 4, 2023

Pope Francis held a moment of silence Saturday for priests and religious who have been killed in South Sudan.

Pope Francis interacted with an energetic crowd of 65,000 young adults and catechists at Martyrs' Stadium in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Feb. 2, 2023. / Vatican Media

Catholic Priest, Students Arrested for Chants against President after Papal Event in DRC

Feb 4, 2023

The students and Father Guy Julien Muluku were detained nearly 34 hours before being released shortly before 10 p.m. on Feb. 3.

Today, February 4, we celebrate St. Joseph of Leonessa

Feb 4, 2023

Joseph of Leonessa, OFM Cap.;  was the third of eight children born at Leonessa (Italy) on January 8, 1556.

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) with Pope Francis at the Headquarters of CENCO in Kinshasa 03 February 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

“Unforgettable days spent with us”: Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Thank Pope Francis

Feb 3, 2023

The President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) has, on behalf of the Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thanked Pope Francis for the “unforgettable days” the Holy Father spent with the people of God in the country during his four-day Apostolic visit that concluded Friday, February 3. 

Credit: ACI Africa

United for Peace in South Sudan in the Nine-day “walking for peace”: Bishop, Pilgrims

Feb 3, 2023

Pilgrims in the nine-day “walking for peace” pilgrimage organized by the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek who arrived in Juba on Thursday, February 2, the eve of the arrival of Pope Francis in South Sudan, were united for peace and reconciliation in the country.

Hon. Susan Thomas Perembata, MP for Ezo County in South Sudan's Western Equatoria State. Credit: ACI Africa

Latest Papal Trip Answers, “Can something good happen in South Sudan?": Legislator

Feb 3, 2023

A Member of Parliament (MP) in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State has said the second leg of Pope Francis' two African nation trip is a “miracle” to the people of God in the East-Central African nation.